Blood Drive • Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Singles • Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will host an upscale dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.
Clark Seniors • Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Senior Monthly Meeting will be held at the Brewer Senior Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. Refreshments. Info: 1-732-382-7134.
Book Discussion Group • Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett at the Palmer Museum. Refreshments. New members welcome. Info: 1-973-376-4930 x229.
Kid Cor Gymnastics • Jan. 4-Feb. 8 from 4-4:30 p.m. – Kid Cor Gymnastics will be offering an 8-session class for children ages 3-5 at the JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Fee: $80. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 619.
Blood Drive • Jan. 4 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Elizabeth Fire Headquarters, 411 Irvington Ave., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Freezing Cold Hash Run & Party • Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. – The Rumson Hash House Harriers will hold their annual Freezing Cold Hash Run. The non-competitive run through woods, grass, swamp and marsh is open to anyone 21 and older. Pre-register for $20 and receive a free t-shirt and open bar from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Day of event registration is $25. Start, registration and t-shirt pickup at Kenneth Vercammen Law Office, 2053 Woodbridge Ave., Edison. Info: 1-732-572-0500.
Open House • Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. – Benedictine Academy, 840 N. Broad St., Elizabeth, will hold an open house for young women currently in the 7th or 8th grade and their parents as they consider high school options. Prospective students may have a personal interview with the academy’s admissions director, but must call in advance to schedule. Info: 1-908-352-0670 ext. 104.
Story & Craft Activity • Jan. 5 & 19 at 11 a.m. – The Children’s Department of the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union, will hold a Saturday storytime & craft program for children of all ages and their caregivers. Info: 1-908-851-5450 ext. 3.
Theatre • Jan. 5 at 11:15 a.m. – The Bible Players will present “Midrash Meets Monty Python, The Jewish Exponent,” at Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison. There will be a Shabbat B’Shir musical service including the entire religious school at 10 a.m. and a light Kiddush luncheon at noon. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Computer Training Classes • Jan. 7 – The Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County, 32 Ford Ave., 2nd Floor, Milltown, will hold computer training classes in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Outlook. Each class is two hours per week for six consecutive weeks. Day and evening sessions available. Cost is $75, with reduced fees for women who qualify as displaced homemakers. Textbooks & flash drives available for purchase. To register, call 1-732-777-1940.
Theatre Arts Program • Mondays, Jan. 7-March 11 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. – The JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will offer a theatre arts program for children 7-13. Learn singing, dancing and acting and the fundamentals of Broadway-style musical theatre. Registration deadline: Jan. 4. Fee: $160 for members, $180 for non-members. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 619.
Health Program • Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Richard Perlmutter will present “Learning From The Obesity Epidemic: What Not To Eat” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7272.
Preschool Craft • Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. – The Vauxhall Branch of the Union Public Library, 123 Hilton Ave., Vauxhall, will offer a craft program for children ages 3-5 (with their caregivers.) Signup required; call 1-908-851-5451.
Film • Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. – The Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., will show “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012). Free admission. Info: 1-908-851-5450.
Book Sale • Jan. 9 from 4-7:30 p.m., Jan. 10 & 11 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. & Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – The Friends of the Cranford Public Library will hold a used book sale in the basement of the library, located at 224 Walnut Ave. On the last day, fill a bag of books for just $8. Info: 1-908-709-7272.
Lego® Enrichment/Workshop • Wednesdays from Jan. 9-March 13 from 4:30-6 p.m. – The JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will offer a Lego enrichment/workshop. Registration deadline: Jan. 4. Fee: $200 per family for members, $225 for non-members. Info: 1-732-494-3232 x619.
Job Readiness Workshop Series • Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. – The Women’s Center at Jewish Family and Vocational Service, 32 Ford Ave., 2nd Floor, Milltown, will hold a 12-session workshop series for women who qualify as displaced homemakers. To register, call 1-732-777-1940.
Blood Drive • Jan. 10 from 2 – 7:30 p.m. – Roselle Catholic High School, 1 Raritan Rd., Roselle, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Shabbat Alive! • Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host Shabbat Alive!, a participatory musical service. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Blood Drive • Jan. 12 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The Outlet Collection/Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Homeschooling Group • Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. – The Union Public Library’s Homeschooling Group will meet at the library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union, to share information & ideas with other homeshchoolers. Families are encouraged to bring their own board games. Info: 1-908-851-5450 ext. 3.
Film • Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. – The Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., will show “The General Died At Dawn” (1936). Free admission. Info: 1-908-851-5450.
Marketing Seminar • Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. – A representative of SCORE will present a free seminar on sales/marketing strategies and actions at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Registration required; call John Malar at 1-908-709-7272.
Shabbat Gospel Service • Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host a Shabbat Gospel Service in honor of Martin Luther King Day. New Hope Baptist Church leader Rev. Ronald Owens will be the guest speaker, and the New Hope Baptist Church Choir will provide music. At 6 p.m., the temple will offer Tot Shabbat, an age-appropriate learning program for children up to age six that includes a Jewish-themed art/craft session. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Film • Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. – The Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., will show “The Senator Was Indiscreet” (1948). Free admission. Info: 1-908-851-5450.
Jersey Shore Rose Society • Jan. 26 – The Jersey Shore Rose Society, an affiliate of the American Rose Society, will meet in the Community Room, Kensington Court Assisted Living Facility, 864 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls. A beginning clinic will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; the main meeting runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Stephen Scanniello, president of the Heritage Rose Foundation, will speak about the Heritage Rose District of New York City. Info: 1-732-688-4282.
Film • Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. – The Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., will show “A New Life” (1971). Free admission. Info: 1-908-851-5450.
Kids Movie • Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. – The Vauxhall Branch of the Union Public Library, 123 Hilton Ave., Vauxhall, will show “Disney’s Brave.” Children of all ages are welcome. Info: 1-908-851-5451.
Atlantic City Boat Show • Feb. 6-10 – The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show will be at the Atlantic City Convention Center from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, 7 & 8, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Feb. 10. Tickets are $15; children 15 and under get in free if accompanied by an adult. Info: 1-718-707-0716.
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